One of those who will shine brightly in the Year of the Blue Horse, Yoo Yeon Seok.
2014 has begun. Sports Korea looked for celebrities who are going to shine in the year of the blue horse. Rookies are good, as well as the established stars. They will stand high in the year 2014 entertainment world, so we gave them a name ‘SaeDdookki’ (soaring in the new year).
[Yoo Yeon Seok SWOT key word]
S (strength) – Exceptional ability in acting, served in the military
W (weakness) – Supporting Role
O (opportunity) – Reply 1994’s fame
T (threat) – A gap until the release of his movies
The start was prosperous. In the 2003 Movie ‘Old Boy’, Yoo Yeon Seok acted for the leading role as young Lee Woo Jin. Through his exceptional acting skills, he received favor in people’s eyes. But was it because his first role was so big? Since then, Yoo Yeon Seok spent his time rather unknown. Although many people could remember him as ‘that child’ in ‘Old Boy’, there weren’t many who could recall him immediately.
Yoo Yeon Seok didn’t spent the time he spent as an unknown wastefully. Yoo Yeon Seok who majored in acting, emphasized his ability starting from the bottom, and rebooted his career again in year 2012. Through the movies ‘Architecture 101’ and ‘Werewolf Boy’, he became a charming villain. He appeared as an ‘Envied but unlikable’ man beside the hero.
Yoo Yeon Seok’s wriggling aura started to shine from last year. In the movie, ‘Hwayi: A Monster Boy’, he even showed a more maximized appearance of a villain, and through the cable channel tvN’s ‘Reply 1994’, he blossomed.
Above all, Chilbong’s valuable popularity grew. In ‘Reply 1994’, the leading lady, Na Jeong (Go Ara) is paired up with Trash (Jungwoo) from the start. But, until the last episode was aired, Chilbong was the preferred groom for Na Jeong. If the weighting between Trash and Chilbong was weighted to one side in particular, it was unable to be shown due to the response. Many viewers hoped for Na Jeong to choose Chilbong.
One of tvN’s representative commented, “It’s true that JungWoo was prioritized more at the beginning. However, as Yoo Yeon Seok’s popularity rose rapidly, I understood that the amount of Chilbong’s role increased more. This was a direct result of the actor Yoo Yeon Seok.”
Yoo Yeon Seok will be filming his three new movies during the first half of this year. With the start of ‘The Informant’, then he will be working with actress Im Soo Jeong in ‘Secret Temptation’ and actors Han Seok Gyu and Go Soo in ‘Royal Tailor’. Although the fans wanted to see him in a drama, he, who started in ‘Old Boy’ went back to his roots.
Industry officials stated that Yoo Yeon Seok is an “Actor who we have high expectations for in his next project”. It’s because of his high class acting skills. Entering his 30’s, Yoo Yeon Seok is considered a flag bearer in his 30’s who will lead the Chungmuro in the future.
T/N: Chungmuro is known as the street of culture, artists and film industry.
Having served in the military too is a favorable factor. In his early 20’s, Yoo Yeon Seok enlisted in the Air Force in 2005 and finished up his military service comparatively early in 2007. During the time that the other male actors of a similar age enlist, Yoo Yeon Seok can now spread his wings and fly with nothing to fear.
There is one more thing that Yoo Yeon Seok has to throw aside. He was referred as the ‘sub leading man. In the generation of co-stars, there is no meaningful distinction between the ‘main’ and ‘sub’ but Yoo Yeon Seok, who created his successful model through his own methods of playing his roles, is certainly taking one more step further to pass through the gate of success.
We will get to see Yoo Yeon Seok’s acting image again in another upcoming film ‘The Informant’ when it has been released. With Reply 1994 at the peak of its fame, his upcoming film is one the public will surely regret to miss.
But for now, Yoo Yeon Seok’s appearance on TV is expected to continue. He has already signed a contract with 7 CFs and is continuously receiving love calls for advertisements. It is a best benefit from ‘Reply 1994’. In a way the break from acting on TV, can serve to give Yoo Yeon Seok the actor, the greatest source of thirst.
Yoo Yeon Seok who is appearing in 3 movies in the latter half of 2014, is an actor with potentials and will surely run the farthest and highest in the year of the horse.
Translation by : Tokkipanda
Edited by : Lunagal
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